Whether we believe it or not, the truth is we are all interconnected socially, spiritually and physically in many different ways by attractive forces we are only beginning to fully understand. The whole economical and environmental structure upon which we rely for our very existence is held together by the most tenuous of threads which we have ultimate power over.
This power that we all have the capability if not the realization or knowledge to wield comes from our central control station located inside our heads. It is the brain which through its intricate system of interconnected neurons manifests our minds and our ability to think, to reason and to imagine.
In fact you could go so far as to say that our entire social structure is founded on the way in which our forebears used their creative intellectual capacity to bring our species up the evolutionary ladder from cave dwelling apes to civilized homo sapiens. From those early beginnings we formed our various social communities in different parts of our world.
The most fascinating thing about this aspect of our history is that even though many of these communities had no knowledge of each other, they still managed to follow a similar structure that is common throughout humankind. How could this be unless there was a deeper level of communication that has largely gone undetected throughout our history?
It is this connection through aspects of our mental faculty of thought that is only recently coming to light in solid theories put forward by quantum physicists that echo the beliefs held by personal development and life laws followers throughout the last century or so. The so-called law of attraction is one such theory that has a very strong following these days although its roots can be traced back several centuries.
Today people can study all that is known and understood about the laws of nature which give credence to the theories that underpin the personal development teachings. It is even possible to gain a kind of law of attraction certification through self study online courses that enable an advanced student of these life laws to progress in this area and go on to teach the subject to less knowledgeable students.
So we are all connected in some way even if we can’t see it yet. The ethereal mental attractive force that binds societies together may be far more powerful than anyone has even dared to consider and we could discover one day that this interconnection that we all share will bring us closer together in ways that can only benefit society as a whole and the environment that supports it.
Protecting the environment has become among the most talked about and hotly debated issues across the world. Many businesses are investing vast sums of dollars to produce goods or make their goods environmentally friendly. A good example is the electric car that’s being considered a feasible alternative to that of-the current petrol powered automobile.
The travel industry too hasn’t been left out-of the problem. Also like every-other industry the travel industry wants to be worried about ways to do business that are environmentally friendly. Outlined here are a few of the environmental problems affecting the travel business which stakeholders have to deal with and in long term solutions are sought out by some cases.
1. Mass tourism. It is threatening the fauna and flora and putting stress on ecosystems within these areas. Again this provides a risk to the tourism of the place and to the ecosystems within the areas.
2. Deforestation. In spite of-the call to safeguard the ecosystem there are still areas where enormous logging is taking place. That is also contributing to destruction of fauna and flora and can be a hazard to the tourism in those areas.
3. Using the decision to go green impacting all businesses around the world the tourism business is not omitted. There is stress on people who are in the sector to find systems of working that are eco-friendly and sustainable. For example can the resort business construct hotels which are more environmentally friendly? What approaches can they use to save electricity and reduce on compounds that are found in the dry cleaning of heaps of laundry found in the business?
4. Human encroachment. This is a hazard to the tourism of most countries. Human encroachment is, in addition, compelling animals to move from their habitat to other locations where they can’t survive leading to the extinction of particular species.
5. A major issue for businesses is the consequence for climate change as well as greenhouse gas emissions. Aviation generates at least two% of emissions. However not all airlines particularly in the poorer nations can afford to buy new aircraft.
Technology obviously has a huge part to play in so many ways. One of the least obvious ones is the important role of raising awareness of the important of our environmental predicament. Although many of us are well aware of the importance of reducing carbon emissions and global warming, this is largely due to the huge media exposure to the issues in our countries. Fortunately nowadays important sources of climate change reporting are accessible through the internet. For example it’s even possible to access the wonderful BBC’s resources on the subject, in fact with the best VPN software or proxy you can watch British TV abroad using the internet on anything from a phone to a PC.
Joe Simpson is a writer on this media site which raises awareness of environmental issues through social media.
I was watching a programme the other day on the BBC, it was a science show being syndicated across radio and the TV station. I’d listened to the initial broadcast which was on the World Service about the river pollution and problems in the UK and how they had started solving them. Unfortunately I thought I’d missed the BBC show as initially I was blocked from the BBC Iplayer site because of my location. Fortunately I was able to spend a few bucks after someone showed me this web page which explained how to access British TV online and I was able to stream it across the internet without problems. They certainly had their problems but some strong legislation has ensured that the quality of UK rivers has improved greatly over the last decade or so.
However there are similar concerns being raised in the US now, where the environmental group American Rivers has recently released it’s report on the most endangered rivers in the United States. I was surprised to hear that one the biggest worries is that of the Colorado river. Now I’ve just been on the Colorado during a visit to Las Vegas, and it looked mightily healthy to me. However apparently the report has suggested that outdated river management techniques is sucking the mighty river dry – apparently the mighty Colorado River doesn’t even make it to the ocean before running dry.
Here are the top ten most endangered rivers according to the report.
- Colorado River (Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming)
- Flint River (Georgia)
- San Saba River (Texas)
- Little Plover River (Wisconsin)
- Catawba River (North Carolina and South Carolina)
- Boundary Waters (Minnesota)
- Black Warrior River (Alabama)
- Rough & Ready and Baldface Creeks (Oregon)
- Kootenai River (British Columbia, Montana and Idaho)
- Niobrara River (Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming)
There’s some incredible rivers there, but apparently these are really at serious risk. One of the big problems is that the current water management techniques are ill suited to modern times.
You can take a lot more water out of a river when the rainful is plentiful than you can in the current climates. Global warming is going to claim a lot of victims and unless we all globally try and reduce our consumption of water – some of our most loved rivers will be amongst them.
Reference – American Rivers Report
Additional – http://www.iplayerabroad.com/
Believe it or not there is environmental legislation in China, it’s called the Environmental Protection Law and was created 34 years ago. However the title is fairly misleading, as one of the main things it doesn’t do is protect the environment in any real way. China’s focus for the last three decades has pretty much been growth at all costs – increasing National wealth was seen as way more important than protecting the environment.
However even the most ardent supporter of this policy would have to think twice as their citizens struggle for breath in the appallingly polluted atmosophere than the people of China have to breathe every day in it’s major industrial areas. The air is not the only problem, there are frequent scares on water and food quality – of course they’re all linked. China has poisoned it’s environment in exchange for money – it’s that simple.
What is the real costs of this growth – is it all just about money? Well there have been several alarming studies that have tried to rationalise the real costs. For example in the majority of the world – life expectancy is growing every year – in Northern China you can expect to live 5 1/2 years fewer due to the poisoned air. The pollution has definitely increased strokes and heart disease and almost certainly cancer. These are conservative estimates, there are sure to be more health implications to be revealed over the coming years.
The problem is how do the Chinese start to repair this without admitting they’ve sold their nations health in exchange for economic prosperity. Of course they won’t – criticism both online and offline is always dealt with. You’ll see only positive messages on both domestic media and international stuff released by China. I saw an advert on one of the Netflix channels last week with footage of how China is now growing in an environmentally friendly way. The advert was aired on the US version of Netflix, which I am fortunate to be able to access.
The reality is irrespective of how China is portrayed, they need to change course and quickly. There is an environmental disaster starting in that country and to proceed on with it’s growth at all costs will ultimately cost billions and the lives of many of it’s citizens. The Environmental Protection law needs to be updated so that the legislation does some of it’s titles implications, they need to do it fast.
Just a note to say that the same Chinese advert now seems to be on many European channels too, I’ve seen it airing on ITV and Channel 4 in the UK and being promoted on YouTube and on French media – here.
They could be anything from a really shallow layer of soil supporting the development of mosses and lichens right up to a full and fully planted up roof garden.We want more green areas for the atmosphere and for wildlife and there’s a *location that’s almost entirely fresh on many of our homes. It could possibly make a tremendous difference if just a tiny percentage of people planted a *residing roof.
Some of the Gains of the Green Living Roof
There are really quite a few advantages in several areas. The advantages are that they enable drainage and evaporation reducing the threat of floods. The water that flows into our sewers and drains is less prone to cause harm and is considerably more slow and the flood risks are reduced by importantly. Some of those roofs are quite amazing to look at and once you respect one just recall how that extra small bit of green is helping the environment. If your city or town has a whole lot of these ’living roofs’ such as in Berlin, there’s a major effect on air-pollution and co2 – both of which are consumed with these roofs.
These can provide a lifeline as we slowly reduced the amount of green spaces and gardens for wildlife in general. This layer will also help protect from the results of uv light frost as well as. There are tons of folks who will assist you to get started with an easy search on the net, actually there are several green home builders who have vast expertise within this place. There have been a few featured on a series called Grand Designs on Channel 4 in the UK, you can perhaps pick these up on Youtube or by accessing the Channel 4 website – if repeats are run – this post on watching British TV abroad – http://www.uktv-online.com/online-british-tv-abroad/ may help.
Industrial Living Roof
You don’t see that many living roofs regrettably, yet industrial living roofs are considerably more common. There is an living roof on a detergent factory owned by an organization called Ecover in Belgium. You will find several more across Europe particularly although it needs to be said not nearly enough.
There’s no reason to be ashamed of consumption in the modern world. Sure if we all survived off the land, lived in tents and walked everywhere our consumption would drop dramatically but it’s obviously an impractical Utopian ideal. It’s the real world we live in and consumption is part of that world, obviously we should minimize whenever possible but there are also other options.
Our consumption can actually be used to stimulate and encourage investment in ‘green energies’. For example you can stimulate investment in wind, solar and tidal energy simply by paying your electricity provider to supply greener electricity. In Germany for instance they guarantee higher payments for companies who generate renewable energy. By ensuring that companies receive a dividend for greener electricity then building wind turbines and and solar panels become more attractive. This has massively increased capacity in both these areas, although it should be noted that the cost to German economy has been significant.
The UK developed a policy called The Renewable’s Obligation. This required that all electricity companies had to purchase a certain proportion of their electricity from renewable generators. However this meant that the companies created ‘green tariffs’ without purchasing extra green capacity though, thus minimizing the benefits to capacity.
Although it still makes a difference, the power of the consumer can force greener industries. Take a very simple example, in an everyday consumer product – the humble lawnmower. For years the growth in this area has been in electric and petrol mowers because of ease of use, however check on this site now and you’ll find lots of human powered mowers. Slowly though it has been established that obviously the manual, people powered lawnmower is by far the most environmentally friendly option. The sector has seen much more growth in the cheap and green manual mower – a very visible sign of greener products becoming more popular.
You can see it online as well, in fact there are many important environmental awareness groups who have been promoting these simple lifestyle changes. Of course some of these sites don’t get nearly enough exposure, probably as they are not as marketed as strongly and don’t make the most of SEO guidance in designing their sites.
This consumer power can be enacted in virtually any sector. If we direct our consumption in more environmentally friendly options then industry will respond after all they only react to market forces. So don’t feel guilty and empower your self to making the world consume but in a much more greener way! We can see it in the media, when once our screens were filled with programs and shows about consumption, much is now about saving money and reuse – have a look at some of the stuff on Irish TV here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-6JjuQGHJw, a country badly affected by huge austerity measures.